Caught [Hardcover] by Lisa Moore

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An escaped prisoner, locked up for a drug deal gone bad, hopes for a few lucky breaks across Canada and South America...An interesting but often ungainly attempt to blend mood piece and page-turner.
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“Outsanding . . . Surprising and superb . . . A literary adventure story . . . Gripping, detailed, and wholly convincing . . . A supremely human book . . . combining the complexity of the best literary fiction with the page-turning compulsive readability of a thriller.”—National Post

"In the creation of David Slaney, Lisa Moore brings us an unforgettable character, embodying the exuberance and energy of misspent youth. Caught is a propulsive and harrowing read."—Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers

Lisa Moore, “Canada Reads” latest winner and a New Yorker Best Book of the Year author, is known for subtly crafted narratives that are at once sharp and impressionistic. Through an acute ear for dialogue and pared down prose, Moore's characters are startlingly present and instantly persuasive. In her new novel, Caught, Moore’s dangerously appealing new protagonist is unlike any she's imagined before: a modern Billy the Kid, a swaggering folk-hero-in-the making who busts out of prison to embark on one last great heist and win back the woman he loves.

Caught begins with a prison break. Twenty-five-year-old David Slaney, locked up on charges of marijuana possession, has escaped his cell and sprinted to the highway. There, he is picked up by a friend of his sister’s and transported to a strip bar where he survives his first night on the run. But evading the cops isn’t his only objective; Slaney intends to track down his old partner, Hearn, and get back into the drug business. Along the way, Slaney’s fugitive journey across Canada rushes vibrantly to life as he visits an old flame and adopts numerous guises to outpace authorities: hitchhiker, houseguest, student, lover. When finally he reunites with Hearn just steps ahead of a detective hell-bent on making a high-profile arrest, their scheme sends Slaney to Mexico, Colombia, and back again on an epic quest fueled by luck, charm, and unbending conviction.

Moore's most plot-driven novel to date, Caught is a thrillingly charged escapade that thrums with energy and suspense and deftly captures a moment in the late 1970s before the almost folkloric glamour surrounding pot smuggling turned violent. Ripe with bravado, love, ambition, and folly, Caught is about trust and deceit, about the risks we take for the lives we want and the mistakes we can’t outrun.
 

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Published February 4, 2014 by Grove Press. 338 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Oct 21 2013

An escaped prisoner, locked up for a drug deal gone bad, hopes for a few lucky breaks across Canada and South America...An interesting but often ungainly attempt to blend mood piece and page-turner.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Oct 07 2013

...Moore’s prose is as engaging as her skillful plotting. Dialogue is at once crystal clear and elliptical, and descriptive passages pulse with life...

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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer Hunter on Oct 09 2013

...there is little dramatic tension in Caught. Slaney is no Jean Valjean from Les Misérables who steals to better the lives of others. He’s completely self-absorbed and ultimately uninteresting.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Jeet Heer on May 31 2013

...Caught is an outstanding novel, combining the complexity of the best literary fiction with the page-turning compulsive readability of a thriller.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Jeet Heer on May 31 2013

Although Caught is a strong novel that I wholeheartedly recommend, I did have a few reservations. While there are moments of wit, as in a scene where a Colombian and Newfoundlander compare the respective colonial suffering of their nations, most of the novel is told in a grave monotone that is sometimes oppressively uniform.

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